In 1946, one man - an entrepreneur with a truck and a vision - planted the seed that has grown into the multi-location logistics company called the Ace World Wide Group. The Ace story begins in Rochester, Minnesota when John U. Steiner purchased a 1946 Ford truck. The truck was first used to haul corn to the Twin Cities and apples from Bayfield, Wisconsin to Rochester. During idle times, it was used to haul furniture and household goods for area residents who were moving. In 1947, the fledgling venture submitted a bid on its first long-distance move from Rochester to Iowa. To qualify, Ace became an agent of a national van line with authority to cross state lines. The bid was accepted. Aces first interstate move grossed a grand total of $150. Johns brother, Fred Steiner, joined the company in 1950 after serving in the military. Two years later the company landed its first military contract to transport household goods for military families who were being stationed overseas. Many of these families lived in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. To provide better service, the Steiner brothers opened a small office in the Milwaukee home of their sister, Margaret Johannes.
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